List of giant-monster films
This is a list of giant monster films according to their release date. Films involving giant monsters began with the 1925 film The Lost World, as developments in cinema and animation enabled the creation of realistic giant creatures. This was followed by the 1933 classic King Kong. These early films had themes of adventure and exploration of unknown regions, and incorporated fights with giant monsters as a climactic element.
The development of atomic weaponry in the 1940s gave rise to its involvement in popular themes. The American 1953 film The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, featured a giant dinosaur that awakened due nuclear tests that took place in the Arctic and 1954's Them!, which involved giant irradiated ants. Another film: Tarantula had a spider rather than insect. Japanese cinema began its foray into giant monster films with the 1933 film Wasei Kingu Kongu (an adaptation of the American film King Kong). Later in 1954 the film Godzilla was released. It following the ongoing tendence of a giant reptile created by nuclear radiation. Japan continued with a giant moth in Mothra, a turtle in Gamera, and to these followed many more. Other countries have their own giant monster movies such as the United Kingdom with Gorgo in 1961.
Dinosaur-themed films experienced a revival in the 1960s with a 1960 remake of The Lost World, 1966's One Million Years B.C., and 1969's The Valley of Gwangi. Movies featuring Godzilla and Gamera were made into the 1970s, and 1976 saw a high-profile remake of King Kong. Awareness of toxic waste in the 1970s may have inspired 1979's Prophecy, which featured a giant mutant bear in the woods in Maine.
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